I'm so excited
As I was shuffling the cards , before I'd even picked any from the pack, the universal comms team were playing The Pointer Sisters " I'm so excited" in my head. I did remind them this is a family show... lol
I do feel an air of excitement this morning though to be fair. The sun is out; that's always uplifting , I just watched a live on Facebook from my friend Gregg in Spain, who is now allowed out yay!
He was at the sea's edge and the waves were lapping in the background. Another friend posted a card in our WhatsApp group saying it looked like light at the end of the tunnel.... repeating messages of uplifting hope.
So onto to today's first card, the page of wands.(wands representative of the fire element and action)
Wow look at the energy being whipped up in this card. Such momentum being built.
The words "free-spirited" comes to mind, which was how I felt the energy of my friend in Spain from his video.
There's certainly a spark of a new beginning held within this card. We see a salamander print on her trousers
The salamander meaning brings to focus the power of vision and opportunities. It symbolises transition and the ability to face challenges and flourish in adversity.
The meaning of the salamander promises change and enlightenment.The scene is awash with golden yellow and we can see a flash of turquoise high above. The colour gold is the colour of success, achievement and triumph. At the uppermost level, this is a colour which is associated with higher ideals, wisdom, understanding and enlightenment.
It inspires knowledge, spirituality and a deep understanding of the self and the soul.The colour turquoise is associated with meanings of refreshing, calming energy, it brings wisdom, serenity, wholeness and creativity.
This colour brings emotional balance, spiritual grounding, joy, enhanced intuition and spiritual growth.
Our second card today is the 6 of cups (cups representative of the water element and of feelings and emotions)
Angel number 6 is all about finding balance in our life, It's a sign that we are outwardly focused to the detriment of our internal, spiritual life.This could also mean that we need to focus on our domestic life in a literal way, including our home, spouse or children. The 6 of cups is traditionally seen as a very nostalgic card. Looking back to the past ( sometimes with rose tinted glasses ) as we can see the card is awash with this rose tint.
Deep rose pink brings happiness and thankfulness. It symbolises gratitude, grace, joy and loyalty.
Loyalty is also mirrored in the Labrador we see developing from puppy to grown dog.Labrador retrievers represent trust, loyalty, empathy, compassion, joy, and playfulness.They accept us as we are. They bring unconditional love to our life.
Memories and people from the past may enter our awareness with the 6 of cups, it can also allow our inner child to surface along with a vision of our future self.A timeline stretching from infinity to infinity , what a reassuring thought .... that this is a small snapshot in our ongoing journey of existence.
Our final card today is 18 The Moon.Number 18 is symbol of life.In the Hebrew system of the numerical value of words, the Hebrew word for life (chai) has the value of 18. This makes 18 a favorable number as it indicates hopes for the future.The number is often associated with the moon, the moon being a symbol of mystery and intuition, as we see in our card.In more traditional tarot decks the moon is shown dripping tears.The symbols of the card indicate that the material is trying to destroy the spiritual.
The moon couples with The Hermit. Both asking us to delve deep into our inner world. To move through illusion to illumination (which arrives in the next major arcana archetype 19 The Sun)
So overall today we see a message of hope, a light at the end of the tunnel. There is perhaps a little more introspection to come first .... and then a brighter future is on the horizon.
"The future is much brighter than the past. You just have to find the light switch".
I had to really think, have we had this tune before... maybe we did ?
What I do know is, it was my personal theme tune to a retreat I did earlier this year in Cornwall with my own tarot mentor and a group of amazing women. So if we have had this track from the universal comms team previously, they bring it forward again ( note to self, scroll back through previous posts)
With so much external chatter going on, from the media, the public and on the many virtual platforms, its no surprise that we sometimes forget that our greatest teacher is inside of ourselves... hence its called "in tuition". Life is a long term school, we are never done learning, we are eternally in tuition.
I guess its a reminder to us to ask those important questions of ourselves right now, whilst we have the opportunity to do so. What are we learning, about ourselves, our life and the world ?
So on to our first card of the day, the 5 of cups (cups representative of the water element and of feelings and emotions)
Bless her, she is mourning her loses once more, perhaps being drawn to the edge of the abyss. And yet there is a new path opening up , way onto the horizon, she just hasn't recognised it. She has so much to be grateful for, if only she were able to shift her focus. Gentle nurture mends this bruised heart. There is a bright future waiting.
Our second card is the ace of wands ( wands representative of the fire element and action)
Number 1 is known not only as a symbol of new beginnings, but also as a symbol of motivation, self-leadership and intuition. If we decide to start a new phase in our life, which is kind of inevitable in our current world, then we should listen to our inner voice, because this way we will be in a permanent connection with our higher self and our true purpose. In the card , we see a face; eyes closed, with a bright flame in the area of the third eye chakra.
The sixth chakra, also known as the brow chakra, the Third Eye chakra, the inner eye, or “Ajna” in Sanskrit, correlates to our mental abilities, psychological skills, and how we evaluate beliefs and attitudes.Sitting between our eyes and being physically connected to the brain, pituitary and pineal glands, this is the mind chakra.
It resonates with the energy of our psyche, as well as our conscious and unconscious psychological tendencies.
This is the chakra of intuition, wisdom and our sixth sense. In Eastern philosophies, it is known as our spiritual centre, which interacts with the rational mind in order to deepen our intuitive insight to see beyond the veil of illusion.
The symbolism of the Third Eye Chakra is acquiring wisdom beyond our self-inflicted perceptions. It is breaking down stereotypes, seeing beyond the illusion of the media and achieving detachment from societal realities.
The power of the Third Eye Chakra is witnessing your freedom beyond the realms of ‘realistic illusion.’
Ultimately nothing is holding us back – it is only our mind that has power over us and if we can control the mind, we can then ascend any limitations we currently have.
We also see what looks like fishing net, strung across the head of this figure.
Nets indicate confinement and often are reflective of anxiety and of being unsure about our own life.
Appearing in our story today, it may be that we are being asked to consider where we are focusing our thoughts.
Are our internal thoughts fruitful or poisonous?
Are we following our inner wisdom, ideas and intuitions, or listening to external influences?
Our final card today is 2 The High Priestess.
Her eyes maybe closed but her inner sight is clear. A stream of loving communication streams into her crown chakra.
The crown chakra is also known as the sahasrara chakra. It is the energy center of universal knowledge and spiritualism which connects us to the divine. The crown chakra influences the brain and the nervous system, as well as the emotions and the level of understanding and enlightenment.
In her aura we see runic symbols, perhaps depicting our earthly being connecting into the lake of all possibilities, a higher knowledge, enabling us to uncover our true nature of joy. Around her we see the turquoise colour of spiritual growth and change.
Our overall message today appears to be nudging us to reflect on where we are putting our focus. Urging us perhaps to tap into our limitless intuition and potential.
Intuition is defined as an ability to understand or know something immediately based on your feelings rather than facts.
The ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.May we be inspired to trust in our intuition so that we may live in true alignment to who we truly are.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein
Winds of change
I love it when the universal comms team give me a song title that makes me smirk.
Today's was one of those. As the song appeared in my mind, I did have one of those fleeting moments of... you're kidding, right ? You're really suggesting that song along with the Death card ?
Those who only have a"Tales of the unexpected" or Hollywood education of the tarot will be 'frit to death'.... excuse the pun.Of course that's not the reference book we're referring to here, thank goodness. As we will discover later in the post. So here its is Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't fear the reaper".
The line, 'seasons don't fear the reaper'; in the context of our post today, is about letting go of the old ways of being, just as the trees allow their leaves to fall, in order to provide a fertile space for the new to spring forth as the seasons turn.We are reminded not to fear the transition from the old to the new.
Which brings us to our first card for today, the 10 of swords. (Swords representative of the air element, thought and intellect)10 is known as a symbol of the authority of the universe, translated to the government of the Earth.
This number can also symbolise responsibility, law and completeness. 10 is considered to be the symbol of obedience and responsibility of people towards universal law. The law of cause and effect is what springs to mind here today.The universal law of cause and effect states that for every effect there is a definite cause, likewise for every cause, there is a definite effect. Our thoughts, behaviors, and actions create specific effects that manifest and create our life as we know it.
Change our actions and we change our life.
In the card we see a woman walking across a pale sandy environment. She is dressed in muted yellow and orange of the sacral and solar plexus chakras.The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity.Its element is water and as such, its energy is characterised by flow and flexibility.
The function of the sacral chakra is directed by the principle of pleasure.The solar plexus chakra helps grow our confidence and vitality. This empowers us to follow our true path and create the life we want.
When balanced, the solar plexus chakra allows us to seize our personal power, develop our authentic self and take responsibility for our life.
Over her head fly 10 crows.The tradition of counting crows or their carved cousins magpies, began sometime in the 1600s, it would seem, with the appearance of the earliest rhymes referencing magpies in Europe.You may recall such rhymes from childhood.
Ten Crows in such symbolism relates to gold, or a complete turnaround in luck.The colour gold is the colour of success, achievement and triumph. At the uppermost level, this is a colour which is associated with higher ideals, wisdom, understanding and enlightenment.It inspires knowledge, spirituality and a deep understanding of the self and the soul.
We may feel overwhelming frustration in our restraints, in our loss of leaving behind what we once knew of our World.
The unfolding story suggests to us that there is great hope beyond this, that we will look back on this a a pivotal point in our transformation, growth and improvement.
Our second card today is 13 death and rebirth.The number 13 represents the combined energy of the numbers 1 and 3. It is a number with very a strong symbolism and has great power.Number 1 has a vibration of new ideas, new beginnings, progress and individuality, while the number 3 symbolises passion, motivation, optimism, self expression, inspiration.
In the card we see a deep red hooded cloak.Red being the colour of the root/ base chakra. Root chakra—Mūlādhāra is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds we need for stability in our life.This includes our basic needs such as food, water, shelter, safety, as well as our emotional needs of interconnection and being fearless.
A beautiful link to our song today. As we can see from the card, we glimpse into the afterworld ; as in the World post staying at home, the light is gleaming and the future is bright.As with any transition it can be painful. Just like the caterpillar, moving through it's chrysalis stage, it the struggles to free itself from its temporary prison, to eventually become a beautiful butterfly. We are going through a metamorphosis of our own. Along with our 'team human' and our mother Earth
Our final card today sees a reappearance of the ace of pentacles ( pentacles representative of the Earth element and manifestation)We see two hands cupping a large pentacle, depicted here as a beautiful mandala.
At its centre is a turquoise pentacle, surrounded by many petals of shades of yellow and gold.
Roots grow down towards the earth and new shoots can be seen popping up skyward from the top of the mandala.
Turquoise resonates with the higher heart chakra. This is the etheric heart, which is the area where intent originates.
It connects the emotions of Divine love, compassion, truth and forgiveness, with the area where language originates, allowing us to speak from the heart.
This chakra is where we find the thymus gland and it is the primary gland that aids the immune system and creates a stronger healing outcome.If we plant the seeds of our intention now we can move through this time of transformation, transition and transmutation with greater resilience and grace. .... emerging with the energy of the butterfly .
Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life.
Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection.Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.
“The great loneliness- like the loneliness a caterpillar endures when she wraps herself in a silky shroud and begins the long transformation from chrysalis to butterfly.It seems we too must go through such a time, when life as we have known it is over- when being a caterpillar feels somehow false and yet we don’t know who we are supposed to become. All we know is that something bigger is calling us to change. And though we must make the journey alone and even if suffering is our only companion, soon enough we will become a butterfly, soon enough we will taste the rapture of being alive.”
– Elizabeth Lesser
As a new day dawns, it may not be too sunshiny in reality, but then we are reminded that we can always bring our own sunshine. That we can greet the dawn of a new day with optimism and hope.
And what a lovely tune for today, Norah Jones and Sunrise.
So to our first card for today, 5 The Hierophant. He does like to show up this fella doesn't he?
So what do we notice today ? The light at the end of the tunnel comes to mind. That flight of steps taking us to higher wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Enlightenment you could say, a higher level of consciousness.
It feels as though we are ascending beyond the old, the mundane, towards a greater fulfillment and purpose.
He certainly looks joyful, its as though the joke is on us though... as though he's thinking... has it really taken us so long to see the light, the truth of what matters, what's important? He doesn't mock us though, he's just delighted that , at last it's beginning to dawn on us.
Our second card today sees 3 The Empress coming back into our awareness. Today I notice the bodies of water of the World As we know the water element is representative of emotions and feelings. It seems a strong message for us to nurture our emotional wellbeing, to take rest and to know that all emotions are transient, just like the weather.
She perhaps reminds us to notice our own cycles and rhythms and move with them. Its not yet the time to push ( excuse the metaphor if you're squeamish).
Our final card today is the 8 of cups. ( cups representative of the water element, feelings and emotions)
The meaning of the number 8 is harmony, peace, and balance. It is a symbol that helps us make decisions that are beneficial to us in our life. 8 resonates with the power and vibrations of self-confidence, inner strength and personal power.It is the symbol of resurrection and regeneration. It brings us a new beginning or creation.
We see a young woman walking away from a deep pool of emotions. A singing bowl (cup) floats on the surface with flames still burning. Still she walks towards the dawn of a new day and the rising sun on the horizon.
Overall we may be starting to see the new World emerging, we may have been illuminated by the truths from our deeper longings and desires during this time. Our own personal life audits may have uncovered what we no longer wish to have in our lives and yet we find it's not yet the time to push forward. We find ourselves mourning the old whilst simultaneously nurturing the creation of the new. Perhaps its a moment in time for rest and rejuvenation, before we greet the new dawn on our world and our own personal lives.
Once in a lifetime.
Ah thanks universal comms team... cracking tune today, Talking heads, "Once in a lifetime".
And boy isn't this a once in a lifetime experience!
Each day and week that goes by, I still find myself thinking how bizarre the World is.... we eventually watched the film 'Contagion the other evening, after what seemed like half of social media had made comment on the story line being a little too familiar for comfort.After watching it, both myself and hubby said, "wow that was a bit too accurate".
Now if we'd have watched it back in 2011 when it first came to the big screen, we would most probably have said, ' yeah, not a bad film... a bit far fetched though' ... we could never have imagined it would pretty much come to pass in reality.So from that point of view, I really do hope it's a once in a lifetime experience.
On the flip side ( there is always duality) maybe this is also a once in a lifetime opportunity, as much of the daily storytelling has suggested. A time to reflect on what's working and what's not, what serves us and what doesn't , on both a macro and micro scale.
So onto our first card today... the 8 of Pentacles ( pentacles representative of the Earth element and manifestation)
8 is the symbol of resurrection and regeneration. In Bible numerology, 8 means new beginning; it denotes “a new order or creation, and man's true 'born again' event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.”
8 signifies a time of investing in our self and overcoming judgments that stand between us and our strong ambitions.
We will learn that others can only dominate us if we allow them to and that all circumstances can be changed by taking determined action.
Simply put its a number of inner strength and determination towards growth.In the card we see a young woman sitting on a modern plastic chair, perhaps like you might find in a waiting room.( maybe depicting a need for patience)She is mesmerised by a green candle, as she watches the meditative flicker of the flame.
In candle magic, Green is associated with nature, growth, and fertility and is a symbol of the Goddess and her green earth. It is also a colour often linked to money and financial success.Used for luck and prosperity, abundance and generosity, earth magic, physical and emotional healing, rejuvenation, and renewal. It can also assist agriculture, encouraging a good harvest. It is used it to invoke or represent the element of Earth(as in our card, manifestation).
We see around our young woman an array of pots filled with plants and herbs, including a daisy and an Aloe Vera plant. A stack of papers and books sit beside another candle and feather quill. A quill, or a writing pen that is made from the feather of a bird, is a symbol of communication.It is also antiquated and old-fashioned, indicating manners and sensibilities that are a throwback to the past. It is often seen as being graceful and beautiful.
Bleached white quills are for use in writing out healing and blessing wishes, for protection spells and for sanctifying new ventures.The Egyptians famously knew Aloe Vera as the 'plant of immortality' and used it to treat infections and diseases spanning many generations over centuries.
Daisy flower essence may help us to stay centred, grounded and in command when circumstances which are out of our control threaten to throw us off balance. This essence helps us to centre in our self, remain calm and composed, collect our thoughts and then move forward with peace of mind.
Our second card today is another pentacle this time the 4.
4 spiritually is a sign of stability and balance.To reach a point of stability, we need to endure and overcome all the challenges that will present themselves in our life.
To do this, we need to trust in ourself and grow our connection to the spiritual realm.We see a woman who looks to be in a middle Eastern or African setting. Sandy Hills are in the background , a backdrop to a small collection of buildings. The woman wears a brightly coloured yellow headscarf and a rusty red dress. Her wrists are adorned with bangles.
On her earring is the runic symbol meaning 'estate' . She wears beads around her neck and carries a purse decorated with coloured mandalas (pentacles). She appears to be guarding her belongings carefully, saving for the future perhaps, conserving what she has. She is blessed and has more than enough. She is able to support both herself and others.
Our final card for today is 3 the Empress. 3 has the energy of kindness, joy, creativity, and imagination.
It represents inspiration, creation, manifestation, and growth.It symbolises the interconnectedness of our body, mind, and spirit and is carefully aligned with the divine energy. She nurture the ultimate mother in her belly. She is resting clearly attuned to the moon's cycles.Change and new growth is brewing, its almost the time for the new earth to be birthed. Patience is required, rest is required. Soon enough we will be ripe to our next chapter.
“Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” - Tony Gaskins
Here comes the sun.
And our theme tune from the universal comms team today is of course by The Beatles , with a song of the same name.
What an uplifting choice for today.The line that jumps our at me is "the smiles returning to the faces"
So a seamless link to our first card today, 19 The Sun.
We see a woman dancing barefoot on the earth making her salutation to the sun, she is held in the warm glow of the sun' rays, just like a giant sunflower. Energy beaming to her.The Sunflower is indigenous to North America and was originally cultivated by the first known people to live on this continent, Native American Indians.
The ancestors honoured the cycles of nature and in this context, worshiped the Sunflower as a symbol of the continuity of future generations and the passage of the sun through the heavens - for the flower carries within it many seeds and many cycles. Sunflower teaches us that the will to live, the will to survive and the will to be integral, honouring Earth Mother and her bountiful resources, are essential aspects of our Earth Walk.
When the Sunflower makes its appearance, she enters the garden of our life, bestowing radiant golden light, symbolising higher vision and keen awareness. The power that is granted through Sunflower is always offered to one who is grateful and humble in their Earth Dance. This is our gift, to walk lightly upon the Earth while shouldering mighty vows of service.
In numerology the number 19 is both a starter and a finisher. The essence of 19 is self-determined, primarily focused on itself. While there is attention on the welfare of the human race, 19 determines for itself what should and should not be done for humanity.
Which brings us to the 10 of cups ( cups representative of the water element, feelings and emotions).
A return of this beautiful depiction of family, community, wholeness and happiness.
10 carries the energies of both the number 1 ( the magician) and the number 0( the fool)
10 resonates with the vibrations and energies of leadership, optimism, confidence, independence, creative powers, success, energy, originality, adaptability, determination and individuality.
The number 10 reduces to the single digit of 1 (1+0=1).
Which brings us nicely to the ace of pentacles. ( Pentacles representative of the Earth element and manifestation)
We see the seeds of a new beginning, our dreams and aspirations at the starting point of manifestation for the future. What we plant now, we will harvest later. It is completely in our hands.
What intent do we have?
What aspirations for our future?
What will we nurture into fullness?
The seeds we are setting now are taking root, we are asked to plant wisely.
Overall today there is a feeling of looking forward, our intentions now will be manifest into reality later.
There feels a very positive vibe to our storytelling today.....
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world".
Let's get cracking.
And what a corker of a song from the universal comms team... the glorious Doris Day...
With " whip crack away" being the key line and a strong feeling of cracking on ....
So onto our first card for today the 3 of wands ( wands representative of the fire element and action)
3 being about growth.We've seen this card come up quite frequently, its urge to catch that wave getting stronger. There's a longing to be back on the board and riding the wave and yet now isn't quite the time, we have to wait for just the right moment to catch the momentum.
Our second card toady is 7 The Chariot. 7 is a message of endurance, again this card is a repeating message. We can see from the card that there is a will for speed and action, cracking on and moving forward and yet despite the intellect telling us one thing, reality is showing another, its our job to harness to drive and energy of the chariot , yet recognise we aren't in control of the speed and direction right now.
Our final card today see a return of 11 Justice. 11 being a master number.In Numerology the number 11 represents inspiration, illumination, and spiritual enlightenment. It reminds us of our spiritual purpose and mission on earth.
We must tread the fine balance required before we can forge ahead. We must carefully consider the implications of any action we take now. The law of cause and effect.
Over all it would appear there is a restless energy needing to be harnessed. A time to reflect on what is within our control and what is not.
'Control what you can control. Don't lose sleep worrying about things that you don't have control over because, at the end of the day, you still won't have any control over them'.- Cam Newton.
There's a light .
And when that phrase comes into my mind like a cosmic fax, there can be only one soundtrack running .... from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (you may have guessed I'm a huge fan, I mean HUGE)
Taking a look at the lyrics for a moment:
"In the velvet darkness
Of the blackest night
There's a guiding star
No matter what
Or who you are"
Reminding us that even though we maybe in the dark about an end to our current situation, there is light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. Just a day follows night, this too shall pass at some point.
So onto our first card for today, a reappearance of the page of swords ( swords representative of the air element and thought, mind and intellect)The page brings new ideas, new information and data, new inspiration and insights.
Though she treads tentatively , there are the seeds of new thoughts forming. Whilst she is still in a precarious situation ( balanced above a precipice) she is getting ever closer to solid ground.
We can see that she is in a whirlwind of energy, the ideas coming thick and fast, her task is to discern which idea to progress and follow.The two birds bring messages too, she appears to be too consumed in her own concerns to notice them, yet the very best ideas may come from the most unexpected sources, so she may be wise to hear them.
Our second card today is the major arcarna card, 13 Death & rebirth.
The number 13 is a karmic number and is the number of upheaval so that new ground can be broken.The number 13 has great power. If this power is used for selfish purposes, it will bring destruction of the self. Adapting to change gracefully will bring out the positive strength of the 13 vibration.
The death card couples with 4 The Emperor 1+3= 4 who as we know likes structure, it could therefore be thought of deconstruction into reconstruction. The breaking down of the old, to build the new.In the card we see a red cloaked figure , yet within the cloak there is no figure, but a bright star or sun high above the trees. Red corresponds with the base chakra.
"When we balance our base chakra, we can develop a deep trust in our place in the world and a strong sense of personal safety and security underlies every step we take in life."
The first chakra, located at the base of our spine, is called Muladhara in Sanskrit, meaning root support.
Like the root system of a tree, our root or base chakra energetically grounds us in the physical world, including our own body.Linked to physical realities of life: security, shelter, sustenance, family, tribe, the first chakra is associated with primordial trust.It is the chakra associated with our basic instincts for food, shelter, sex and survival, or the base of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
The lesson of Muladhara chakra is grounding, a full inhabiting of our physical bodies as the embodiment of our connection to the element of earth. To cease existing primarily in our heads and inhabit our bodies. To cease grasping onto people, places and things as the source of our security. To find our own root support.
I guess you could say our current situation has thrust us into the reflection on our basic needs and stripped away our "normal" World .
Perhaps we are being shown " The light" so to speak.
Our final card today is the 5 of cups, she's shown up once more (cups representative of the water element , feelings and emotions)She still seems to be hanging on to what she's lost, not yet seeing what she still has, maybe what is abundant, what to be grateful for . It would seem the future she was working towards no longer exists, yet just beside her she is missing the bowl of bright opportunity and new beginnings. She has a choice, either to allow her life force to drain away with a focus on that dark hole , or to lift her gaze, look around and see the bight light of the future.
A strong message to today of the transition from dark to light, from hopeless to hopeful and from old to new.
“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” – Rabindranath Tagore
There really is a light....x
Stairway to heaven.
And our backing track today is the song of the same name from Led Zeppelin
A beautiful track. The beginning of which sounds quite medieval in some ways. Which made me think of bygone times, when our ancestors lived through their own isolation in the time of the great plague.
I wonder how it was then, with little or no information, little in the way of medicine or sanitation. It makes me remember too, tales of Eyam in Derbyshire, where the whole village isolated from the rest of the country; so as to prevent the spread of the plague, that had inadvertently arrived in goods ordered in from London.
Many correlations to our experience today. And yet, we are still connected, we are more informed and we have health care professionals doing all in their power to keep us safe and well.
In the lyrics of the song, it says:
"In a tree by the brook
There's a songbird who sings, sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiving"
There are two thoughts that come to mind with these lines. Firstly, have you noticed the birdsong more, since we are more present?
And secondly, have you found yourself wondering? Your thoughts moving between positive and ....those thoughts that are perhaps more misgiving?
The song goes on to say:
"And it's whispered that soon, If we all call the tune, then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn, for those who stand long and the forests will echo with laughter"
What I read in this context, is that, whilst our wondering and pondering may take us to very different ends of the emotional spectrum, if we stick together on the plan ( staying home, staying safe, protecting the NHS and key workers) eventually a new day will dawn when we can return to a time of laughter.
"Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on"
Gives the idea that we really are at a choice point in our history and evolution. I wonder what will we change in the long run as a result of this life changing, life enlightening experience?
And so onto our first card today... with it's very own staircase to heaven, 5 The Hierophant ( high priest) .
5 is the number of change and also freedom in some interpretations. Again highlighting the choice point we are presented with in our evolution. It is a symbol of humanity and a connection between the physical and spiritual.
In our card we have this casual guy sitting with his feet sole to sole ( soul to soul) perhaps representing our deeper connection and interconnectedness with all that is, everyone and everything.
On his t-shirt we see the symbol of the Hierophant .The Hierophant is also known as "The Teacher of Wisdom".
In more traditional decks, the Hierophant is seen seated on a throne between two pillars symbolising law and liberty or obedience and disobedience. Which is quite interesting in our current situation. Again on more traditional depictions, he wears a triple crown, and the keys to Heaven are at his feet.In our deck his crown is replaced with the symbols in his aura of many different faiths and belief systems.The keys to heaven, in our deck are found through our soul to soul connection with one another and with the earth and stars.
At the top of the staircase we see a beautiful white mandala, a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.In Jungian psychology, a mandala as a symbol represents the individual's search for completeness and self-unity.The card is awash with pink , the colour of the Anahata, or heart chakra. A symbol of unconditional love and infinite peace. Perhaps the Hierophant appears today as the gateway or conduit to a new paradigm of what our earthly experience could become.
Our second card today sees another appearance of 4 The Emperor. He may look like a chilled dude, but alongside the Taurean Hierophant (not forgetting we've just experienced the new moon in Taurus) the Emperor is a stickler for structure and conformity. With his driven Aries energy and his fiery seat of the red planet Mars, he can be a force to be reckoned with. Whilst he brings us structure and action, he can be volatile when challenged. After all he is the king of Kings.... we kind of want him on our side.Following a compassionate yet firm leadership are the key words that jump out at me.
Our final card today, the third major acarna card of the day ( bringing out the big boys and girls to play today!) 11 Justice.Number 11 is the Master number that is related to Karma.This number is also a symbol of spiritual awakening.
By appearing today, it reminds us that we should turn more to our spiritual life. Perhaps the message of karma and awakening is key here.We each have a life purpose on this planet and we need to heed that call to ultimately be of service to not only ourselves but moreover to others.We see the scales of justice, a woman reflecting both the light and the dark.
According to esoteric philosopher Manly Hall, Lady Justice often:
“stands between two great pillars, symbolising the fact that nature attains productivity by means of polarity .
Demonstrating that understanding is always found at the point of equilibrium and that truth is often crucified between two thieves of contradiction.”
Perhaps she is asking us to reflect and take a deep look into our past and the lessons it gives us and then to impartially reflect on our present, so that we may step forward in better balance.
There's that choice point once more.
We may need to reframe our experience. We may need to address any negative attachments we hold. In order that we may embrace our own opportunity for enlightenment and evolution.
And the theme tune from the universal comms team... Kylie's "I'm spinning around". A random thought, I once heard she picked up those rather short, shirts in a charity shop for 50p... I don't know if that story is true... but it's pretty cool if it is... any way I digress.
I think the lyrics are quite an apt metaphor to be fair:
I'm spinning around
Move outta my way
I know you're feeling me
'Cause you like it like this
I'm breaking it down
I'm not the same
I know you're feeling me
'Cause you like it like this
"I got something to say
I'm through with the past, ain't no point in looking back.
The future will be and did I forget to mention, that I found a new direction and it leads back to me, yeah.
The mistakes I've made have given me the strength,to really believe, that no matter how I take it, there's no way I'm gonna fake it
'Cause it's gotta be real.
I've got nothing left to hide, no reason left to fight 'Cause the truth's given me a new freedom inside"
This opportunity for introspection has perhaps given many of us a new direction. We may have realigned our personal goals and aspirations as a result of this experience. Realised what is truly important and what is not.
So onto our first card of today, one that has appeared before, the 9 of cups (cups representative of water and emotions).Number 9 is the number of Universal love, eternity, faith, Universal Spiritual Laws, the concept of karma, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual awakening and service to humanity.
It represents humanitarianism and the humanitarian, lightworking and lightworkers, leading by positive example, philanthropy and the philanthropist and charity.
We see the woman leaping into the air , today a Christmas song comes to mind and more specifically the 10 lords a leaping. Which represents the 10 Commandments. Rather than take this literally, what jumps out to me ( excuse the pun) Is the idea of ....The kingdom of heavens is within you. Or as the Magician may suggest, as above, so below.
In simple terms, I take this to translate to, we create our perception of any given situation and respond accordingly.
As human beings we don't act in accordance with reality, we act in accordance with our perception of reality.
We see in this card a woman who feels abundance, this joy can clearly be seen.
She is perhaps choosing an attitude of gratitude for her many blessings. ( which are not necessarily wealth or finances).Perhaps she appears today to remind us to focus on our many blessings
Our second card today is quite a contrast to the first. The 5 of cups.
The number 5 is commonly referred to as the number of humanity.Human beings have five fingers, five toes, five appendages (if the head is included), five senses, and five major systems of the body.
The number 5 is noted for independence, versatility, rebellion, and a daring nature.
In the card we see a young woman, she is dressed in dark colours and the atmosphere is both dark, grey and yet behind her we see the turquoise skies of spiritual growth and change.She is deeply focused on what is being lost, not noticing on what gifts remain ( the other singing bowls, one even filled with bright colours).
She gives a total contrast to the first card.
She is the flip side perhaps? Where focus goes energy flow.
Perhaps she provides us with a beautiful mirror.
Are we focused on lack or grateful for our abundance?
Our final card today is 21 The World. The end of the fools journey, before he returns changed, to begin the journey once more.In the holy texts 21 is a symbol of perfection and maturity. It symbolises the divine wisdom: “mirror of eternal light, which pierces and penetrates all grace in its purity”.In sacred texts this number is mentioned in relation to something that is considered extremely important.
We see a laughing and smiling woman, dressed in rainbow colours ( total balance of the chakras) standing within a hoop. Behind her is the genesis pattern and other symbols of sacred geometry. The seed of life is formed from 7 circles through the genesis pattern. The genesis pattern is that of how God created earth in 6 days ( the 7th day being the day of rest). The first circle is not part of the 6 circles representing the days of creation, but rather represents consciousness.
The world appears to show how we new levels of consciousness. We are awakening to the creation of a new world.
We are perhaps being asked to reflect on where we are placing our attention ( between our first two cards) and the experience of each in moving us to greater wholeness.
Strange title came along with today's song from the universal comms team.
It's the haunting voice of the beautiful David Sylvian (a teenage crush of mine) lead singer of the band Japan, singing "Ghosts".
An interesting choice.
I guess in this quiet time for so many of us, may well have been visited by the ghosts of our mind.
Our beliefs challenged and our foundations turned upside down.Perhaps we may now have questioned many of the illusions that have been bought into our awareness.
On reflection, a very thought provoking soundtrack to today's storytelling.
So onto our first card for today. The 3 of Wands (wands representative of the fire element and action)
The angel number 3 has the energy of kindness, joy, creativity, and imagination. It represents inspiration, creation, manifestation, and growth. It symbolises the interconnectedness of your body, mind, and spirit, and is carefully aligned with the divine energy.
On the card we see a young woman, hair flowing in the breeze. She is carrying a surf board, her body is decorated with white ,tribal type markings. She looks out over a crimson pink sea and a violet sky, it appears to be dusk. Three wands burn bright flamed torches. The ground beneath her has an orange hue.
She looks on, ready to catch the wave when it comes. She's ready to take action and ride with the flow.
Mind, body and spirit aligned she is poised and ready for the opportunity. She is filled with passion and anticipation of the journey unfolding.
Our second card today is 20 Judgement.
The meaning of number 20 is empowerment, it's a sign that we are more than capable of making something of ourself, and we will be successful in everything we put our heart and mind to. 20 is acknowledgement that the universe approves of our plans, decisions, and actions.
In the card we see a young woman, eyes closed, facing upwards to the light. Her arms are held upward. She invites enlightenment. We see what looks like her spirit rising up above her as though breaking free from the limitations of her grounded earthly form. Around her we see a deep teal colour.
Turquoise (or teal) helps to open the lines of communication between the heart and the spoken word.
In colour psychology, the colour turquoise regulates and heals the emotions creating emotional balance and stability.
It appears as though she is releasing the illusions of judgement, of herself and others.
She is ready to be "seen" and "witnessed", as the beautiful spirit she truly is. She has taken this time to commune with her soul, she has released and made peace with the ghosts of her mind and is ready to rise up and awaken to her full potential.
Our final card for today is 4 The Emperor.
The number 4 is a number of “being”, it is the number that connects mind-body-spirit with the physical world of structure and organisation.Four symbolises the safety and security of home, the need for stability and strength on a solid foundation of values and beliefs.
We see The Emperor sitting on his throne of the red planet , Mars. Mars represents our physical vitality, assertion and drive, how we initiate actions and react to circumstances in our life. We see the ankh tattooed on his forearm, one translation of which is "breath of life". So perhaps our Emperor is breathing life into our aims, ideas and actions. Giving them life force, energy and structure. We also see a rams skull on the wall, symbolic of Aries. As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and dynamic. Ruled by Mars it belongs to the element of Fire and of course rapid action.
Overall today we appear to have the message of being ready; ready to catch the wave, having done our inner work we are ready to "Be" our most magnificent self. To take action, to be seen and heard in the World, with a fire in our belly and a passion in our heart to give lovingly and with spirit, to receive lovingly and with grace and to be ourselves perfectly, imperfect.
I'm reminded here of Don Miguel Ruiz's 4 agreements:
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
A whim away....
Ha ha see what the universal comms team did there ?
The Lion Sleeps tonight...
Now if this doesn't have you singing along and smiling today, I don't know what will.
Enter the king of wands (wands representative of the fire element and action) boy has he got a mesmerising aura about him. Like his passionate gaze could melt you in a heart beat.
He is his own man, no airs and graces, quirky and unique in his approach. He has unrivaled passion for life and living it. He emanates strength, he takes massive action towards his huge, audacious dreams. Not interested in the minutiae, he's a big picture, entrepreneurial spirit.
Wow, feel his energy!
Maybe he's urging us to dream bigger, take passionate action, don't worry about how others do things, just show up, be ourselves... the true authentic, quirky, unusual, eclectic ... crazy, fun loving , fist pumping 100% .... version of us ( no playing it small with this guy) I kinda like his style.
Next we have the 4 of pentacles ( pentacles representative of the Earth element and manifestation) 4 is all about stability. 4 is also associated with organisation, patience, loyalty and trust.
When this number appears, it gives us important messages, reminding us to think more of traditional values and inner wisdom. Number 4 also represents seriousness, order and determination.
Ooer.. quite a contrast to our abundance focused King hey?
Quite the opposite, we see a woman hanging onto her purse of pentacles (coins) afraid of lack. She's dressed in red, representative of the base chakra.
"When we balance our base chakra, we can develop a deep trust in our place in the world, and a strong sense of personal safety and security underlies every step we take in life."
- Natalie Southgate
Root chakra, Mūlādhāra is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, safety, as well as your emotional needs of interconnection, and being fearless. Like the root system of a tree, our root or base chakra energetically grounds us in the physical world, including our own body.
So where as our King of Wands is our inner cheerleader, our own inner entrepreneurial leader, encouraging us to invest to multiply....
It feels like the 4 of pentacles is being our inner reason, maybe our doubter, the cautious nagging voice, that is concerned with lack and conserving what little resources we may have, maybe today appearing as the potential diminisher. On her earring we see the runic symbol othala (estate). In truth she has plenty, more than enough to share. Her eyes are closed and so she can not see her dreams realised ( clouds in the sky) .
Our final card today is the knight of Pentacles.
We see a young man who has journeyed. His horse behind him. In his wake are his many pentacles. He walks barefoot. He is grounded and pragmatic. He walks to the beat of his own drum, at his own steady but determined pace . He views his lands,he purveys his upcoming harvest, he has worked tirelessly and methodically to reach this point. He plants seed by seed. He knows how to provide for today and for the future with heartfelt belief and faith in his diligent , grounded approach.
Perhaps we are being presented with our own internal dilemmas?
The all guns blazing approach of the entrepreneurial King,
The thrifty cautious approach of the 4 of pentacles and the steady as you go, grounded , trustworthy step by step approach of the Knight.
Hmm what to choose ?
I guess we're being given a mirror of choice and balance.
Perhaps we can adopt the passion and vision of the king, the careful balance of the 4 of pentacles and the step by step plan of the knight?
Pack up your troubles.
Ah and what a great tune from the universal comms team... Eliza Doolittle and "Pack up"
Sampling the old lyrics of "pack up your troubles" from a famous old wartime tune.
Which incidentally immediately makes me think of Captain Tom, the soon to be Centenarian who packed up any personal troubles he may of had and set out to raise £1000 for NHS charities, by walking 100 lengths of his garden....Over 26 million pounds later and still counting, the nation is calling for his Knighthood. Now that's what I call incredible.
So on to our first card for today, 16 The Tower.
Number 16 resonates with personal willpower, independence, initiative, action and overcoming obstacles.
Angel number 16 is a reminder from our angels that our thoughts create your reality, therefore we should ensure that we hold only positive expectations about our life, lifestyle and material issues.
16 The Tower really does bring life-changing energy.
In the card we see the lightening strike the tree trunk, what was once strong and sturdy is instantly transformed. We see butterflies with a powder like mist around them, another symbol of transformation.
A squirrel looks up, 2 acorns by its side. Acorns are a symbol of strength and potential, it was also a Nordic and Celtic symbol of fertility, and immortality.
The god Thor's Life Tree was oak. Druids believed the consumption of acorns would help see the future, and the word Druid can be translated as "Oak Knowledge".
Whilst the change and transforming World around us has been thrust upon us, quite suddenly and unexpectedly, we must remember that we have the inner wisdom to withstand this lightening strike and build new foundations.
The Tower pairs with the chariot (7) so it may appear that we have little or no control of our direction or destination.We can hang on kicking and screaming or we can choose to harness the chaotic energy and flow with the excitement of the limitless potential it holds.
"All great change is proceeded by chaos" Deepak Chopra.
Our second card today is the 10 of wands ( wands representative of the fire element and action)
Any 10 has both endings and beginnings weaved within it, the culmination of one chapter and the start of another. It also contains a little bit of magic too (1 The Magician).
In the card we see a young woman walking alongside an ox laden with her packed up baggage. Around its neck is a large bell, it has two large horns. The ox bell signifies the end of one era and the beginning of another. It is rung eight times to give thanks for the old and another eight times to welcome the new. If it is rung twice, it signifies some sort of disaster or distress.
The young woman carries her suitcase and her wands, as her skirt blows forward in the wind. She looks wrapped up warm in a mustard coloured coat. Wearing mustard allows her to remain true to her reserved temperament, not drawing too much attention to her self, yet still being able to express herself.
Its appears that she has traveled a long distance on a flame lit path over a steep hill and down a long slope to reach this point. She seems to have determination in her step. It would appear she has delegated the burdens of her heavy load to her trusty companion.
Ox teaches us how to bear hard burdens with grace and poise. Sometimes, when our spirit feels weak, when maybe it feels as though our internal battery isn’t strong enough to withstand this world, Ox shows up to tell us that they we are made of tougher stuff than we currently believe.
Maybe this card is reminding us to ask for the help we need. We are made of tougher stuff than we give ourselves credit for. We are far more resilient than we realise. She urges us to keep going, we're almost there.
Another fire element card makes up our final card for today. The page of wands.
Another messenger of new beginnings, activity and action. I do notice that this page is expending lots of energy,though as yet going around in circles.
We see the young woman tossing her wand in the air like a majorette, enthusiastically.
We also notice as she creates this energy she's looking heaven ward... in a dream like state .... with little or no awareness of whats right ahead of her. Its excitable energy, a rush of activity .... maybe as yet not with real purpose or focus.
Maybe she's showing us that its great to use this time to tap into that creative spark, but we aren't yet at the point of turning that activity into manifestation. However, It shouldn't stop us in our creative flow. We just need to hold an awareness that if this activity isn't in balance and from the heart we could become worn out, overwhelmed and chaotic... you know the type of thing ... just working on idea number 4689... for today. This is a journey of discovery, not simply a 100m sprint.
Light bulb moments.
Oh and a truly beautiful track for today ... The Lighthouse Family and Lifted.
How perfect. Do have a little listen to the lyrics of this gorgeous song.
It reminds me of a time when I was leading a project, whilst still in the corporate world many years ago. It places me in a specific time and place in my memory, I was driving home from wherever I had been visiting, passing the turn signposted for the Rolls Royce factory in Derby.... I love how music can do that... be a theme tune to your life at any given moment.
Maybe " Lifted" is a bit of a backing track to our lives right now?
Maybe this time allows us to reflect on how life has become, by illuminating those shadows we hadn't taken to time to shine a light on, so that we may be lifted to "bright new space up above the clouds".
So our first card today is the page of swords (swords representative of the air element, mind and thought) The page is showing us the seeds of new thoughts and ideas. In the card we see a young woman walking a thin stick across a precipice. She is holding a book in her left hand and in her right hand are strung several light bulbs. Two kestrels are seen around her head. A swirl of energy moves around her as though she's in a whirl wind. The whole scene has a yellow hue. She is learning new information which she is translating into new ideas.
The Kestrel belongs to the falcon family. As an animal totem the kestrel is associated with trying to understand life. They value movement and accuracy, because they are birds of prey.
Maybe our page of swords is in a whirl of thoughts and ideas .
Yellow is the colour of the third chakra, the solar plexus. It signifies personal power and fulfillment, abundance, courage and self-confidence.
The colour Yellow has stood for wisdom and intellect throughout the ages. It aids logic, memory, concentration, will - power and communication. Yellow is full of creative and intellectual energy.
Maybe this page appears today to urge us to use any restless energy to seek new understanding, learning and knowledge. To use this time to study and develop new skills, to work on new ideas and begin new projects in our life.
Our second card today is the 8 of cups ( cups representative of the water element and feelings and emotions) Biblically, the number 8 is all about new beginnings. 8 is associated with wisdom and strength.
The strength we have in our faith of divinity will enable us to understand that we are not alone. Cosmic energies are all around us to make us feel safe, loved, and cared for. The number 8 is also associated with Karma. Balance the activities and occurrences in our life, and all will be well.
Which is a beautiful synchronicity with the meditation mantra my meditation challenge group are working with today....Om kriyam namah - My actions are aligned with cosmic law. That law being the law of karma.
In the card we see a young woman walking away from a flaming singing bowl (cup) floating on a body of water. She walks towards the sun. She is walking away from an old reality into a new one. Letting go of old emotions and feeling to move towards something brighter and lighter.
Perhaps she reminds us today that we have been learning what to let go of during this time, recognising what nourishes our soul and what is best left behind us as we walk towards the new world.
Our final card today is the return of the 9 of cups. Her heart lifted as she jumps for joy. Having let go in the last card she is now free for her wishes to be fulfilled. She reminds us to practice the mantra, Om vardhanam namah - I am the nourisher of the Universe, the Universe nourishes me.The Law of giving.
"For it is in the giving that we receive".St Francis of Assisi.
Magical mystery tour.
No points for guessing the song choice from the universal comms team today!
We may well feel like we've stepped onto a magical mystery tour bus in our current world. This is the most uncharted territory we've ever found ourselves in, that is for sure.At the beginning of this current journey into the unknown, I heard it said by many that it was like we had stepped into a movie or a Stephen King novel. That we woke up in a totally unfamiliar setting.Perhaps the clue is in that last sentence... we 'woke' up. I'm sure you've heard many a hipster young person claiming to be 'woke' to the world's injustices, prejudices and political wrong doings. It's become a hip, trendy expression of what at it's basis, is being awakened to a need for radical change.
Of course I'm not getting out a soap box here; far from it, I just find myself wondering if from a universal standpoint this is, in fact, our wake up call. Maybe we have been sleepwalking through our comfort zone, to then be pushed into our opportunity zone ( although for many it may have felt like a trip into the twilight or terror zone).
This is perhaps our opportunity to do this very differently from here on in, as we chart a brand new course. We are like the ancient discoverers and adventurers, plotting an as yet uncharted trajectory.
Which brings us to our first card for today. Numero uno , the one and only , 1 The Magician.
Look at his focus and attention as he weaves his magic, melding heaven and earth, using all of the elements at his disposal. He can create the unmanifest to be manifest. He uses the infinite energy of the cosmos. He is the ultimate alchemist .
Perhaps he appears today to remind us we have magic within us, we are magic, we can be magic.
I'm currently facilitating a Facebook group, through a 21 day Abundance meditation challenge, set by Deepak Chopra. The meditation today is on the sanskrit mantra 'Om vardhanam namah', meaning ' I am the nourisher of the universe and the universe nourishes me'. It feels a little like the phrase that so often accompanies The magician... ' As above, so below'.
There appears to be a message of balance once again, of giving and receiving,of achieving homeostasis.
Homeostasis refers to the ability of the body to maintain a stable internal environment despite changes in external conditions.( sound familiar?)
The stability, or balance, that is attained is called a dynamic equilibrium; that is, as changes occur, the body works to maintain relatively uniform conditions.And don't forget of course, we live on a living, breathing 'body' called Earth.
Maybe we are being asked to find our point of balance, to create ( magic) and the perfect point of that flow.
Our second card today is the 3 of cups ( cups representative of the water element and of feelings and emotions).
The angel number 3 has the energy of kindness, joy, creativity, and imagination. It represents inspiration, creation, manifestation, and growth. It symbolises the interconnectedness of your body, mind, and spirit, and is carefully aligned with the divine energy.
And there's that message once more ....
On the card we see three women arm in arm looking out to the violet horizon.
Violet being the colour of the crown chakra.The crown or the seventh chakra is located at the top of the head.
Just as the Root or First Chakra connects us to the Mother Earth, the Crown Chakra is our connection to the Universe.
In fact, the Seventh Chakra disperses the Universal energy or life force into the six other chakras located below it.
.... I wonder are we getting the message yet ...
In the sky we see the stars of the plough, part of the Ursa Major.
There are seven stars that make up the plough.Seven is known to be the number of creation, representing the live relationship between the human energies and the Divine world.
And there's that message again....
We are witnessing a greater feeling of kinship with our fellow humans as a result of our expansion of awareness ( or wokeness) through this shared experience of this historical time in our evolution. Wow... blimey big stuff !
And as if we haven't already had some mind-blowing revelations in today's cards ... in pops our final card today, 2 The High Priestess.
Number 2 is usually associated to harmony, balance, consideration and love. When this number comes to us, it means that we should have more faith.Also, this number means cooperation and peace, so many good things are on the way.
So we see the high priestess has her eyes closed in the picture , yet her spiritual sight is 'woke' she sees beyond the confines of the physical and the material.
We see a cross on her throat.The function of the Throat chakra is driven by the principle of expression and communication.The most common Sanskrit name for the Throat chakra is “Vishudda”, which means “pure” or “purification”.
Above her crown we see energy flowing down from the universe. It is a pink colour of unconditional love and infinite peace.Perhaps she appears today to encourage us to take time to find our point of connection to our new emerging world. To gain the balance through our own insights and introspection.
We find ourselves between the old and the new. On an untrodden path. Only we can choose if that is our zone of opportunity or keep trying to step back into our comfort zone.
After all, a comfort zone becomes like a stagnant pond after a while.... and what do we know about a stagnant pond? .... well aside from the stench.... nothing lives, thrives or grows there.
You spin me right round baby !
And today's song is of the same name , sung by the late Pete Burns of Dead or alive.
We could very much feel like we're going round in circles as we embark on a repeat of another period of 3 weeks at home. I don't know about you , I don't really know what day it is most days never mind how many weeks we've been home, I'm actually truly grateful for being at home safe and sound a while longer.
Another of those going around again moments is presented with our first card this morning.... the lovely 10 of cups. Full of abundance, love, family, friends and connection.The bass clef in the card, brings to mind the word 'harmony' and 'resonance'. This feels like we are being asked to sit a while longer with creating a more harmony and resonance within and without ( after all in truth it's all an inside job, projected outward) .
A state of oneness.
Another moment of let's go round again, I know, it's becoming a bit of a theme today .... (is it groundhog day by any chance? ) is yet another appearance of the 9 of pentacles (pentacles representative of the earth element and manifestation).Today I notice that she's paying attention to a smaller orange mandala ( pentacle) the one the bird has drawn attention to.
Orange is the colour of the sacral chakra.Svadhishthana or the sacral chakra, is the second primary chakra.
This chakra is said to be blocked by fear, especially the fear of death. It's not too surprising that this might show up with the current world challenge I guess, yet we're not just talking literal death here... we're talking of the death of old ways of being, old beliefs about ourselves and the world and how things 'should' be.
The sacral chakra is associated with the emotional body, sensuality and creativity.
Its element is water and as such, its energy is characterised by flow and flexibility. ( more about flow with our final card today).The function of the sacral chakra is directed by the principle of pleasure.
The energy of this chakra allows us to let go, to move and to feel change and transformation occurring within our body.... and as we know, what happens on the inside is experienced on the outside.It allows us to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness.The main challenge for the second chakra is the conditioning of our society.
Until now, we have perhaps lived in a society where feelings are not valued, where passion and emotional reactions are frowned upon.
We are taught not to "loose control". And we have possibly disconnected from our bodies and our feelings.
Isn't it interesting, that we have seen so much evidence of the shifts here? The outpouring of love for the NHS and front line workers in all sectors. The amazing support for Captain Tom and his fundraising efforts, even from our political leaders messages.
Perhaps this is jumping out today to remind us to keep going with this energy... to connect even more deeply with this energy centre in order to fully manifest the harmony and resonance of our first card.
Our final card for today is 10 The Wheel ( the wheel of fortune)
Angel number 10 is a reminder that our true nature is as both a physical and spiritual being.We may have come into our life believing that the material aspect of life is all that matters.Angel number 10 serves as an uncanny reminder that we are not alone on this journey. We have spiritual assistance available to us at all times.
The number 10 is actually the rebirth of number 1. However, now, 1 is no longer standing alone.
In the card we see a woman, wind blowing through her hair, standing on her right leg, in total balance.
She is on top of a wheel or disc, which is supported by a series of wheels or discs that have gone before. Reminding us that all in life is cyclical.
Around her neck is strung two dice, showing 6 and 4 (10) In the centre of the wheel there it is subdivided into eight sections. We see the letters spelling out TARO or TORA. The first being the old name for tarot and the second signifying the Torah the Jewish manuscript of instruction.We see clouds representative of dreams and higher power.
We see wisps of black and white behind her.And in a faint mandala of white we see the symbols of the elements.
The wheel is the card of destiny, fate, moving through karmic lessons. A turning point, through chaos into creation for the next cycle, or turn of the wheel.
It represents cycles, the underlying structure of the world, the universe and our interconnection with everything.
It tells us that we are subject to the whims of fate but at the same time, it shows us that we do have some control, even if that control is limited to our own thoughts.
Look how blissfully happy and joyful she looks. She has found the point of balance through this change.
She spun the wheel, threw her dice and won!
Perhaps today we are asked to flow with the change, grasp the abundant opportunity to find our own harmony and resonance, to connect with our true essence as a human spirit ( see what i did there) to truly tap into our pleasures and passion.
To feel life, be life... not just do and get through life.... as we may have before.
Those were the days...
Two songs came in from the universal comms team this morning. The first was 'Harvest for the World' by the Isley brothers and then came a real blast from the past...
'Those were the days' by Mary Hopkin. (where do they dig them out from hey ?)
As ever, the universal comms team had the lyrics spot on to our current scenario, I even laughed to be fair.
"Once upon a time there was a tavern,where we used to raise a glass or two.
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
Think of all the great things we would do.
Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end, we'd sing and dance for-ever and a day.
We'd live the life we choose,we'd fight and never lose,for we were young and sure to have our way.
Lalala lah lala, lalala lah lala.
Just tonight I stood before the tavern,
Nothing seemed the way it used to be.
Through the door there came familiar laughter.
I saw your face and heard you call my name.
Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser,
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same".
How very apt .
Things we took fore granted, now completely changed. Our dreams though, are still intact. The song did though remind me of simpler days.Carefree, playful, joyful. I do remember the song from childhood, despite it being released the year I was born.It seems to be a nod to where we find ourselves, as though life had strayed from those days of simple pleasure. A reminder to reconnect with the importance of thriving, instead of striving.
So on we go to our first card of the day. Here she is again, The Empress, she looks ready to pop today, her time is fast approaching to give birth to the new world . When I say new World, I do have a sense of going back in time, to a more peaceful, less hurried and demanding world . When we weren't driven by a speed and pace to exceed,before the time of technology that somehow keeps us all "always on" ( the irony of typing this into Facebook isn't lost on me)...
When your groceries came in brown paper bags, there were green grocers, butchers and local little merchants shops. When children got excited by spending their pocket money on a bag of penny mixture, or waiting all year for Christmas or Birthday to receive that special gift.... before the microwave mentality of " have it now" instant gratification.I'm not saying we can stop advancement, or even that we necessarily should... yet there does seem to be a message of slowing down, reconnecting with what is truly important when all the gloss is stripped away.
This is a beautiful seamless link into the nostalgia we see in the 6 of cups (cups representative of the water element, of feeling and emotions)This too is a repeated card. Today though, it is perhaps suggesting to us that it is in that nostalgia for simpler times, we inform a better future .
If all of life is cyclical, as we know to be true .. (just look at nature if proof is needed). Then I guess the question we are being presented with yet again today is...
Can we start the next chapter with the wonderment and joyful curiosity of a child?
Can we use the wisdom of our adult selves, out of this experience, married with that childlike wonder, to create heaven on Earth ?
Our final card today is the 9 of cups.
9 is wisdom and responsibility and the ultimate goal of the number 9 is to serve humanity.
Number 9 learns selflessness and compassion. When we work with the 9 energy, we serve without motive and our purpose is for the greatest good of all.We have a duty to use our protective energy, great power and love in our soul, for the betterment of the world.
In this card we see an abundance of joy, riches and treasures.
We see the image of a woman with glowing energy shinning out on all around her. Her highest wishes are being fulfilled. I wonder, could our message today be to birth a new way of being that calls on the best of the past, not immediately pre-home staying, but much further back, when perhaps we connected more deeply with values that filled us up, rather than drained ours and the mother's ( Gaia - mother Earth ) resources.
Can we then manifest a new world that we could previously only ever dreamed of?
Oh my life, the universal comms team are having such a giggle this morning!
The song I was given was the theme tune to "New Faces" a 70's talent show, although it looks like the B movie equivalent of X factor or Britain's got talent these days, back in the day some very famous folk were discovered on the show. Such as Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, The Chuckle brothers and Roy Chubby Brown, to name but a few.
And so the theme tune " You're a star" is today's storytelling song.
The lyric that really stands out for me is:
"We got plans for you, you'd never dream"
"You're a star, superstar
On you go, it's your finest hour and I know that you'll go far 'Cause you're a star"
If we were to imagine this was a song to each of us universally, I guess we are being shown that we are so much more than we could ever believe ourselves to be. That beyond our current restraints we have a World of limitless opportunities.
Of course seeing our first card for today, the return of the 5 of swords (swords representative of the air element, thought and mind) we could be forgiven for thinking the universal comms team have lost the plot on the translation front.
The angel number 5 is a message from our angels that huge changes are about to unfold in our life... 5 means that the changes have already started happening, or there are more to come in the next few days, or weeks.
We see a guy who looks ; shall we say a little stressed and overwhelmed. A crow sits on his right shoulder squawking loudly. As if he needs attention bringing to his practical, financial or logical burdens !I kind of get the feeling he's at that place of " it's all gone Pete Tong" . He is dwelling on the metaphorical (and sadly in some cases literal) bloodshed.
The worries about lack or loss are hanging heavy on his mind.
The mountain may seem increasingly insurmountable right now. And yet we can see the shaft of light from the heavens beaming down in alignment with the mountain top.
Just like a great big beacon.... and yet our chap is so deep in his own mental torment, deep down in the doldrums, that he is completely oblivious to it .
Maybe this card appears today to remind us to focus on the lessons we are being presented with in terms of our alignment to our true purpose. We can dwell on what has been lost, or we can focus on a way into greater alignment.
"When we look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into the future".
Our next card is 17 The Star. Perhaps we need a little reassurance after our first card today, to bring us back into alignment with our true destiny .... and our tune for today!
The number 17 is an auspicious number as it embodies the 'new' with manifesting good fortune and for us to remember to be grateful for all that the Universe provides. Angel Number 17 indicates that our angels want us to know that we are on the 'right path' on our life's journey.
The Star (17) also pairs with Strength (8).
She brings us hope and healing after a traumatic event (The Tower precedes The Star in the major arcana).
We see a young woman, wistful , holding tight to her dreams of what is possible. She has renewed hope, she knows she is on the right path. That a lighter and brighter future is available for her.
See how she focuses, head upturned towards the star.
Perhaps we are being shown that we need to keep our attention on positive thoughts,dreams and hopes.Attention energises, intent transforms.
Our final card for today is the 6 of cups (cups representative of the water element, feelings and emotions)
The angel number 6 wants us to achieve harmony and balance in our life. Everything good will follow once we have a peaceful and stable life. It also represents family, home, domesticity, and parenthood.
Many of us find ourselves at home with family. Children being home schooled, families being together, in many cases more than they ever have before. Despite our perceived sense of lack, we are gaining so much abundance in other ways, family, love, compassion and connection. Maybe this is the balance we are being asked to consider.
In the card we see a Labrador puppy and a small boy, developing in the journey of life. Pictured alongside one another, they have become a wiser man and his loyal adult dog.
Maybe it is the perfect time to truly understand unconditional love?
(The likes of which we may receive from a Labrador)
A dog cannot be deterred easily and is particularly drawn to humans who show service and loyalty generosity to others.Dog spirit always reminds us to maintain our integrity and faithfulness with all the gentle souls that share our life, both human and animal.
This bit of animal medicine is true for our self too, we cannot be a good friend to others without having the same relationship with our self. A Dog totem symbolises the ability to devote oneself to a spiritual path or personal ethic no matter the situation.The dog reminds us that we can’t help and serve the World when our own mind, body, and spirit are energetically depleted.
So over all today, our cards appear to be helping us to notice where our thoughts are focused, where we are in or out of alignment with our potential and to tend to our own balance of mind, body and spirit first, in order to be the best we can be for others.
It's magic you know.
And today's theme tune from the universal comms team... Pilot and " Magic".
Wow now that's some delving in the archives ... 1975 I was 7 years old and life was truly carefree. I wonder.... where does that magic go ? Carefree, childlike wonder, creativity and infinite abundant imagination.
"Oh, ho, ho, it's magic, you know
Never believe it's not so
It's magic, you know
Never believe it's not so"
"I love a sunny day
Dream of far away
Dreaming on my pillow in the morning
Never been awake
Never seen a day break
Leaning on my pillow in the morning light"
I guess there's a theme running through from previous days writing, that we are all magical creators, we just have to believe it to be so. That even if we are at home, we can imagine and create incredible, limitless ideas of the future in our minds eye.
So onto our first card of the day, the 3 of swords ( swords representative of Air , thought and mind) and boy, it looks a painful card doesn't it ?
Remember no card is good or bad, they are neutral. The meaning it has, is the meaning we give to it.
So what could be the meaning in it's appearance today? We see a dark scene , storm clouds in the background, a gnarled tree stands bent and twisted. A wounded heart is stitched crudely with strings pulling it taut.
We see a young woman screaming out in emotion, bound and hunched. She has the tattoo of 3 swords on her left arm, she carries her emotional burdens of her heart on her sleeve. It looks a very painful and alarming card, yet perhaps it is just mirroring the separation we perceive from those we love right now, from our old life, our old World and way of being.
We are maybe mourning our losses. Yet there is a message of hope (birds flying in the distance).
We are being given the opportunity to sit with ourselves at this time, again as mentioned previously, a time for reflection, deep inner knowing and a chance to audit our life. Those things we are tied to may also, very well be our restraints. The separation may be painful, yet the heart grows ever stronger through that absence.
Perhaps we can heal many old wounds at this time, reconnect with ourselves and what is truly important when all else falls away. When we are stripped bare of the illusions of what we once believed to be meaningful, we make beautiful discoveries of what deeply resonates with who we are at heart; what really does make our heart sing and our spirit soar.It gives us permission to cut ties with those aspects of the old World that no longer serve us, to make way for the new, magical manifestations to come.
The second card today is The magician, wow I love his energy. He is the master of creation, we see him sitting, soles together (souls together) The infinity symbol on his hood. He peers down into a swirl of magical abundance below him. He directs energy from the palms of his hands ( palm chakras) the symbols swirling in the energy suggesting the ability to create heaven on Earth ( as above, so below) on his arm we see a tattoo of the Merkaba.
Merkaba, also spelled Merkabah, translates literally to light, spirit, body.The merkaba is said to provide protection and transport your consciousness to higher dimensions. The merkaba shape reminds us of the potential power we can wield when we unite our own energies in pursuit of connection and growth.
Energy flows from on high and the magician can use this energy of creation to create change and spiritual growth
( turquoise and violet)
We are all magicians.
We all have the same energy as the magician. What we think, feel and embody, we can manifest ( the 4 suits of the tarot.. swords= thought and word, Cups =feelings, Wands= action and embodiment and Pentacles = manifestation).
What we focus on grows, where our attention goes, energy flows.
The magician coupled with our first card today; the 3 of swords, asks us to be mindful of how we use our innate and powerful magic.
"Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits .
Be careful of your habits , for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny."
The Magician asks us, where our attention lies ? What point of focus do we choose ?
I don't know about you, I choose to focus on love.
Which brings me to a video I happened upon this morning.
In truth, I don't know if Albert Einstein wrote these words to his daughter or not. To me, the factual aspect of the message is really not as important, as the sentiment itself.
Which brings us to our final card for today, a reappearance of the 7 of pentacles.
I feel in conjunction with the previous two cards, this card shows us that if we can give our energy to sowing the seeds of love, we will manifest the most abundant harvest we could ever imagine.
It all begins with a simple intent. And that intent starts with me and with you.
Go forth my friends... let's start a ripple....
#makingadifference #lifeisbeautiful #startaripple #sewingtheseedsoflove
Today's storytelling .
Keep feeling fascination.
And of course the song for today, by The human league (that's interesting in itself!)
is of the same name.
Now let's just take a look at how very apt the lyrics are for today...
"If it seems a little time is needed, decisions to be made.
The good advice of friends unheeded,the best of plans mislaid.
Just looking for a new direction, in an old familiar way.
The forming of a new connection, to study or to play.
And so the conversation turned, until the sun went down.
And many fantasies were learned, on that day.
Keep feeling fascination, passion burning, love so strong.
Keep feeling fascination
Looking, learning, moving on.
Well the truth may need some, re-arranging.
Stories to be told.
And, plain to see, the facts are changing,no meaning left to hold".
Blimey, it's as though Phil Oakey and crew were looking into a crystal ball when they wrote these particular lyrics !
And so onto today's first card. 14 Temperance(pairing with 5 The Hierophant)
Angel number 14 is a message from the angels asking that us keep our focus, positive affirmations and intentions on manifesting our goals and aspirations. Angel number 14 can be a sign from our angels that they are there to assist us with manifesting our true desires.
In the card we see a young man casually dressed sitting; legs crossed, with the infinite balance of the sun and the moon in front of him. An angelic being is behind him. Perhaps the being " has his back" so to speak.
The colours of violet and yellow suggest the balance between the soul's purpose and the ego's needs.
It's as though the whole universe is captured in the card. The young man is in the universe, and the universe is in him, there is no separation.
He is all all-knowing in the sense that he is aware of the past, present, and future.His divine presence encompasses the whole of the universe.
Perhaps he is reminding us that we too are a part of the universe , that we too must maintain balance and flow, between what we believe we need and what is truly our purpose.... what a link to our song for today hey?
Our next card today, sees the return once more of the ace of swords (swords representative of the air element, thought and mind) with our song title in mind ,(see what I did there ) I wonder is the contemplative woman in our card experiencing fascination or frustration?
I wonder if she might be reminding us to choose our thoughts ?
I wonder what questions we may ask of ourselves if we were to become absolutely fascinated instead of allowing any frustration to pollute our mind ?
Our final card today is a return of 3 The Empress.... as I write this the universal comms team give me another song!
"Return of the Mack" by Mark Morrison.
Seems a bit of an odd link... until I read through the lyrics as though the ultimate Mother ( Empress) Gaia - Mother Earth, were singing it to us...
"Well I tried to tell you so (yes, I did)But I guess you didn't know, as I said the story goes.
Baby, now I got the flow
'Cause I knew it from the start.Baby, when you broke my heart
That I had to come again, and show you that I'm real.
All those times I said that I love you
(You lied to me) yes, I tried, yes, I tried.
(You lied to me) even though you know I'd die for you.
(You lied to me) yes, I cried, yes, I cried.
So I'm back up in the game.Running things to keep my swing.
Letting all the people know, that I'm back to run the show.
'Cause what you did, you know, was wrong
And all the nasty things you've done.
So, baby, listen carefully
While I sing my come-back song".
Sung through the voice of Mother Earth, the lyrics take on a whole new profound meaning!
In the card we see The Empress in a sleepy pose. She's resting and allowing the cycle of the moon to restore her.
She's taking to time she needs right now to replenish and to nurture the new World growing in her belly.
A new World waiting to be born.
Wow... another deep, powerful and meaningful message today.
The magnificence is within us.
Today's song from the universal comms team came in an unusual format, now normally I get the song first, yet today it came in the form of the artist's name " Nick Cave" , I wasn't given the track , so when I went to YouTube this was the song that jumped out at me.
" Into my arms" a truly beautiful song. I have no idea yet how it fits with today's cards at all... so let's see how this unfolds!
So I just listened to the full lyrics of the song and watched the video, noticing the 11:11 on my phone.
According to numerology, the number 11 is a “master number” which signifies intuition, insight, and enlightenment.
When paired together, 11 11 is a clear message from the universe to become conscious and aware.
Many people suggest that seeing 11 11 signifies that your spirit guides are attempting to contact you. I then noticed the post I was reading was posted on the 21 Jan (only my birthday !)
Wow, what's going on with the universal comms team this morning?
I have to say the words and video to go with this stunning Nick Cave track bought tears to my eyes. Do have a watch, it's a truly moving piece, a message of faith and love, so pertinent to the historic time on this Earth that we are living through... and all on Easter Sunday no less.
Wow... today's storytelling is packing a punch already ... and we haven't even started on the cards !
So let's do that...
Our first card today is the mighty Emperor ( I may have mentioned in a previous post that we are in fact in the year of the Emperor, number 4 in the major acarna). We see a man sitting casually on a red planet ( Mars) his right leg crossed over his left, his left hand holding his ankle. In his right hand he has a chess piece.(The king) The Emperor is the king of Kings. On the wall behind him we see a rams skull.( aries). On his left forearm we see the tattoo of an ankh.
Literally, the term "ankh" in translation from Egyptian means "life" or "who lives."
Some researchers of esoteric symbolism have interpreted the backbone of the Ankh (Cross of Tau) as a symbol of the descent of the spirit into matter, and the circle as the "divine Eye” that shines the light on the world of men.
A shift of iridescent light drifts down from the heavens above the crown of his head.
The floor beneath him is an ordered chequered pattern.
He is the depiction of the ultimate father. Authority, power and divine. He represents the establishment, rules , strategy and leadership from on high.
He has a driving active quality to him, with the Mars and Aries energy.
Perhaps he represents the rules and regulations that we are living within. He may be asking us to put our trust in his knowledge, wisdom and higher power.
Our second card today is The Hermit , the number 9 in the major acarna.
The angel number 9 symbolizes love, faith, spiritual enlightenment, and spiritual awakening.
It also represents karma and the universal spiritual laws.The angel number 9 means that we have the potential to be natural lightworkers.
The purpose of a 'Lightworker' is to wake up the people that inhabit this beautiful planet and connect them with their true Divine spirit.
Our role is to teach Oneness and close the separation gap that occurs when people forget that they are spiritual beings having a physical experience and not the other way around.
In the card we see a young woman levitating in a beam of golden light. She is dressed in white and is deep in medative contemplation. She wraps her arms loosely around her knees.
Around her is a luminescent turquoise, with many steps leading up through rocks next to the deep of the sea.
She is going through a transcendent spiritual experience. One could say enlightenment. In order to do so she has retreated from the world to seek the depths of her soul to seek higher knowledge.
At the forefront of the card we see a lantern, aglow with a bright flame.
Perhaps she is a mirror for us, a suggestion to use this time to seek our own inner sage.
To conduct our own life audit .... and to make changes our world , to bring not only our own enlightenment, but to shine brightly for those around us, to be the beacon of love and hope ( into my arms... as Nick Cave sings) just as described in the role of a lightworker.
Our final card today see a return of our strong and firey King of wands ( wands representative of the fire element and action)
We see him locked on and focused with his piercing eyes.
He really does have the "coeur de lion".
The lion symbolism also emphasises personal power, our strength, self-confidence, courage and assertiveness.
It also signifies how we are the master of our own domain and how we are the epitome of strength, power.
The lion is ferocious and at the same time beautiful.
He perhaps imbues us with his passion to create a better , lighter , heart centred way of being for our future world. He has the power and majesty to achieve it, to make it happen.
Maybe...just maybe he appears today to allow us to see the same of ourselves, our destiny is ours to behold. We have magnificence inside each and every one of us. We can make a difference.
Or as a famous sports brand would say it's up to us to "just do it!"
Flights of fancy .
Now whilst there might not be any real life flights this Easter weekend and there isn't a literal appearance of a dove on any of the cards, today's tune from the universal comms team is an all time feel good favourite of mine, " On the wings if a dove " by Madness.
The lyrics are a perfect way to bring a smile to your face and warmth in your heart !
"Take time for your pleasure
And laugh with love
Take the hand of another
And sing for the wings of a dove
For the wings of a dove
For the wings of a dove
Look up at the rooftops
When you're walking round
Don't think for a moment
Of looking down"
We may not literally be able to take flight, but our imagination can take us anywhere we desire.
Which is a seamless link to our first card today, a reappearance of the Ace of swords ( swords representative of the element of air, thought and mind)
So in short an inside job !
Angel Number 1(ace) is a reminder from your angels that we are all connected and we are all associated by our thoughts. Angel Number 1 asks you to be aware of your thoughts and focus upon your true heart's desires so that they are able to positively manifest your desires into your life.
Look at the shaft of light in the picture, at the centre of all the thought and trying to fathom and work out the complexities of life right now, there can still be lightness, brightness and moments of pure genius.
Today on Facebook I've seen the creativity of families across the land. From the paddle pool, fully equipped with an inflatable unicorn in the back garden of a friend in "Costa del Carlton" in Nottingham, to reminders for one family of sunny days in Cyprus, in their Jacuzzi in Sleaford.
It's all possible, just with a little thought, a sprinkle of manifesting magic and belief that in our imagination, anything is possible.
Our second card today is another sword. This time the king himself.
We see him on top of a mountain, with snowy topped mountains behind him. This reminds me of photos I've seen in recent days of the Hymalayas, the clearest view that there has been in many a year, now that the air is not awash with pollution.
He rests his right arm on his right knee, after all he relies on his masculine energy traits or logic, data and facts. He has a certain maturity , wisdom and knowledge. Flying by him we see a bat.Because of their echo-location and maneuvering in the dark, bats represent the perception of things that others cannot see. ... Bats often represent death in the sense of letting go of the old, and bringing in the new. They are symbols of transition, of initiation, and the start of a new beginning.
Behind him on a high post we see raven.The raven totem signifies mystery and divination, and the attraction to the magical or mystical ways.People come to him because of his knowledge and wisdom in the hopes that he can help them see the future or find the right path to success and love.
On top of the pole we see the alchemical symbol for air, which is an upward-pointing triangle, bisected by a horizontal line.
Air represents the breath of life!
It is an exchange of electrons or flow of energy. ... The element air, is associated with the autumn season. The Air Signs of the zodiac are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius and they are the possessors of the virtue of knowledge.
This idea of knowledge links with the wise owl sitting at the kings feet.
The owl spirit animal represents the deep connection that he shares with wisdom, good judgment, and knowledge.
Like the owl, which is known for its sharp vision and keen observation, this king also possess insight and intuition. ... The owl totem also means that he can see beyond the masks that people wear.
It certainly feels like he's steering our trajectory. A little like the science that advises us on how to proceed in these unprecedented times.
Our final card today is the 8 of pentacles ( representative of the Earth element and manifestation)
Angel number 8 can be related to infinite love, infinite energy or something other that you may have in abundance.
Also, it is considered that number 8 is a symbol of self-confidence, success, inner wisdom and compassion.
Other meanings of angel number 8 are decisiveness, self-discipline, efficiency and prosperity.
We see a young woman meditating on a green (heart chakra) candle, flame flickering. Around her we see an abundance of bowls with food, plants, herbs and spices. She has all of the ingredients she could need to create her manifestation.
We also see books and a quill pen, suggesting she has done much study to reach this place.
She has put her meraki ( love, soul and energetic essence) into her endeavours. You could say she is truly on purpose .
The colours of change and passion are also in this card.
Perhaps she is showing us that we have time for both creative play and manifestation whilst we are in this time of being overseen by the King of swords.
We can use this time to imagine anything, to be anything and to create our true purpose to be manifest perhaps in the autumn.
Wow what an uplifting set of cards today.
Happy Easter x
Choices and the delicate balance.
I noticed a post by a friend of mine this morning, it felt very apt for today's storytelling.
The quote on the post (as seen below)
"It's a delicate walk to balance hope with chaos" seemed to sit so well with today's cards.
Followed by a medley of tunes from the universal comms team, from "enjoy the ride" to "magical mystery tour" I settled with the final one in the trio of tunes, which is the famous theme tune of the film by the same name,"chariots of fire" by Vangelis.
The story; for those who have never seen this classic, is of two men, Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, and their race for the gold in the 1924 Olympics.While one runs for his faith, the other participates to leave prejudice behind.
This made me think of choices and the delicate or difficult balance once again.
Which brings us onto our first card today, 7 The Chariot.
Angel number 7 is related to inner wisdom, mysticism, intuition and inner strength. If we see this number, it means that we should have more faith in our guardian angels, but also in our own abilities.
Our inner wisdom will help us make the right choices and make good decisions.
The card shows us a vardo, a traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romanichal Travellers as their home.
It is pulled by two horses, one black, one white. We can notice that there are no reins attached to the horses.
On top of the vardo we see a young man crouching down, holding on with his right hand, whilst his left arm lies casually across his left thigh. He is shirtless ( maybe signifying a feeling of being exposed or vulnerable)
The horses appear to be travelling at speed and to the road side we see water of a purple/ violet colour. An orange sky is behind the scene. We see a streak of sparkling light across the picture, almost like a veil.
Perhaps we are shown choices that need to be made at high speed.
There is a momentum that may make us feel out of control, yet if we have faith and trust that we will make the right choices and maintain that delicate balance, we will reach our destination safely and quickly.
Our second card today is the 2 of swords. ( swords being the element of air, thoughts and the mind)
Number 2 is usually associated to harmony, balance, consideration and love. When this number comes to us, it means that we should have more faith in our intuition.
We should believe in energies that exist in the Universe, which will help us understand better, many things in our life.
The card shows a woman blindfolded, trying to protect herself and find a way forward through two crows that appear to be attacking her . Behind her, on the ground we can see a dotted cross.
On her forearm we see a symbol. Two triangle glyphs with each with a line through the top signifying transcendence and also the symbol of air, thoughts and the mind and two crossing flag type glyphs signifying comfort.
Perhaps the birds are showing us the difficult and possibly opposing choices we have to make. If we can transcend our own mental torture ( the attacking crows) we can ultimately find comfort.
The dotted cross suggests we are at a key crossroads. Whilst the card would give rise to a feeling of not knowing which route to take, of indecision, the glyphs perhaps suggest we should have trust and faith in our collective abilities and inner knowledge to discern and decide the correct path.
Our final card for today is the 10 of swords. ( again swords being the element of air, thoughts and the mind)
The angel number 10 is a message from our angels to stay positive and to trust in the power of our divine guides.
It's a gentle reminder to keep our thoughts and emotions pure and positive. When we see the angel number 10, our angels are telling us that there will be a new beginning for us.
The card depicts a woman, barefoot walking across a desert or sand dune perhaps. She is dressed in yellow and orange and yet the colours appear muted.
She appears to be wandering and perhaps without direction.
Yellow is the colour of the solar plexus chakra.
In our scene the colour appears muted perhaps suggesting a blockage in this energy centre.
If our solar plexus chakra is blocked we will experience symptoms such as difficulty in making decisions, low self-esteem, or even control or anger issues. And the orange is the colour of the sacral chakra. Again it appears muted.
Blockage of sacral chakra manifests through general emotional instability or through feeling creatively uninspired, fearing change, or feeling depressed. Above her fly crows.
In all cultures, crows are harbingers for change. They represent the deeper and powerful elements of nature.
Perhaps she is showing us that with endings there are inevitably new beginnings. That if we can trust our inner guidance, we will chart the right course. It may feel difficult but as we see in the distance of the card .... a brighter horizon is coming.
Better days are coming.
And today's song is of the same title, from Jimmy Cliff.
How apt the lyrics are for us today :
"Don't you know
Better days are coming by and by
Don't you get down hearted, don't you cry
Sorrows will be over, all our joys come over
Better days are coming by and by
It can't be this way always.
A train must come, a train must come
There must be some brighter days
We'll have fun, we'll have fun, yeah".
A message of hope if ever there was one, wouldn't you agree?
Which moves us onto our first card for today, 3 The Empress.
If we look at 3 as an angel number in the first instance:
The angel number 3 has the energy of kindness, joy, creativity, and imagination.
It represents inspiration, creation, manifestation, and growth.
It symbolises the interconnectedness of your body, mind, and spirit, and is carefully aligned with the divine energy.
In the card we see the woman with her pregnant belly, she is nurturing the birth of a whole new world.
She is in flow with nature, not against it. We see the dotted line connecting with the moon, reminding us that everything is cyclical and day always follows night. She is the Earth personified in our picture, grounding our hopes into reality.
Our second card today is the 10 of cups , twinning with 1 The magician. And what a magical scene it is , happy friends sit in a brightly coloured hammock , whilst children laugh and play on a sunny beach.A beautiful family and community feel to this card. Perhaps reminding us that better days are in fact coming .
Our final card today sees a return of the meditative King of cups.
I wonder, is he visualising the feeling and emotions of the future when we can reconnect with the outside world.... and once more laugh and play on the beach ?
This too shall pass... with time.
And keep hope...
Better days are coming.